Apache Cassandra™ 1.2

Internal authentication

Like object permission management using internal authorization, internal authentication is based on Cassandra-controlled login accounts and passwords. Internal authentication works for the following clients when you provide a user name and password to start up the client:

Internal authentication stores usernames and bcrypt-hashed passwords in the system_auth.credentials table.

PasswordAuthenticator is an IAuthorizer implementation, available in Cassandra 1.2.2 and later, that you can use to configure Cassandra for internal authentication out-of-the-box.


The dsetool and Hadoop utilities are not supported by internal authentication.